Our fourth Greek word for love – ludus – has a lovely innocent element to it. The Greeks understood it as playful form of love, as seen for example, in the affection between lovers. Ludus is known in a fluttering heart, the long look, the gentle teasing comment and the checking of a mobile or email every 30 seconds! Playfulness in love is often one of the most mourned elements by couples whose relationship has become more long term or less invested.
In the clip from First dates (below) recommended by our friend Natalie Chapman we see the loss of love and the rekindling of ludus.
Ludus is an attractive, stimulating form of love but is it sufficient to make the world go around – is it really ‘all you need’?